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What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence (also known as sexual abuse and assault) is any unwanted sexual behaviour towards another person.

It includes unwanted kissing and touching, 'revenge pornography', rape, incest, and other sexual behaviour. It also includes behaviour that does not involve actual touching; for example, forcing someone to watch pornography is also sexual violence.

If you want to learn more about consent, click here (external link) .

Sexual violence is a serious crime and an abuse of trust and power.

What you can do

After a sexual assault you can:

Sexual violence support services can help you decide what to do and work with you to help you get the support and assistance you need.

Learn more about the nature and impact of sexual violence

There are a lot of websites with information and resources about sexual violence. Some good ones to start with are:

Legal definition of sexual violence

Sexual crimes are defined in Part 7 of the Crimes Act 1961.

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